Double barrel baby names: The latest baby name trend

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Double barrel baby names are becoming ever more popular.


Not only do they add a certain unique edge to your baby's moniker, but they're the perfect solution for couples who can't decide between two names. Why not have both?


The trend seems to be particluarly popular for girls' names. In 2014 over 1,200 baby girls in England and Wales were given hyphenated baby names. In fact, 1 in 6 parents chose a double-barrelled name for their baby girl.


And the trend doesn't exclude boys, as the number of boys given double-barrelled names in the UK is now ten times as great as it was in the 90's.


Many celebrities have followed in the double barrel baby name trend


And the most popular pairing name? Rose. And there are more than a few celebrities who have followed in this trend in recent years. 


Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain, welcomed her little girl Ella Rose into the world on 8 February 2015. Mum of five, Kerry Katona, is a fan of a hyphenated name. Her eldest is named Lily-Sue, while she chose Dylan-Jorge for her youngest. Jonny Depp's model daughter is called Lily-Rose, and Michelle Heaton's son is named Aaron Jay, or AJ for short.


The most popular hyphenated names of last year were Amelia-Rose, Lily-May, Billie-Jo, Esmae-Rose, Dolly-Rose and Summer-Rose. 


Want to have a go at pairing some names? Choose from the list popular first names below and then pair them with another popular name on the right.


Double barrel girls' names


Choose your favourite from the list of popular first names on the left and then pair with your favourite on the right!


Amelia                          Rose
Sophia                          Grace
Lily                                May
Olivia                            Faye
Isla                               Louise
Ava                               Mae
Isabelle                        Leigh
Ella                               Ann
Ruby                             Jo
Mia                               Jane

Double barrel boys' names


Choose your favourite from the list of popular first names on the left and then pair with your favourite on the right!


Tyler                            James
Harvey                        Lee
Alfie                            Jay
Jamie                          Ray
John                           Paul         
Archie                         Jack
Jayden                        George
Billy                            Joe
Taylor                         John
Jack                            Dean


Did you choose a double-barrelled name for your baby? Let us know what combination you chose in the comments section below!

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My name is katie-jayne

karen garraghan

I must be a trendsetter. as my children are called Sara-Jayne (46) Tracey-Anne (44), Carli-Marie (30), Jaimee-Louise (28) and Reanna-Kate (24)


My daughters first name is Emmi middle name Rose, not double barreled but as a baby she was always called Emmi-Rose, where as my niece is a double barreled name Tilly-May but she was always known as just Tilly by everyone but her parents but even they dropped the May, eventually, my great nephew is jamie-john & we have to call him it or my neice tells you, my grandson is bentley-jay but only the school call him that. Its nice having these double barrel names but its such a mouth full saying them.


Some nice names here, but a lot of these could be meant as middle names, and sometimes the second name is dropped and only the first name used anyway! My first name's Sarah and my middle name is Jane, and a lot of people, on seeing it written down, put the two names together, as in Sarah-Jane, and think that's my full name!

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